|Discovery:||recognised, 1891 Coles, F.R.|
|History:||Allen/Anderson/1903, 507: `The late Rev. Dr Davidson had apparently been aware of the existence of the stone, but beyond a passing mention of the site, has given no description of it. It was brought under the notice of Mr. F.R. Coles in September 1899, as recorded by him at that date'.|
|Dimensions:||1.07 x 1.27 x 0.91 (Forsyth/1996)|
Forsyth/1996, 103--104, notes that his stone was originally one of a number of stones in a stone circle on the site, comprising, according to Ian Shepherd, Grampian Region Archaeologist, `...a circle 25 m in diameter, centred on NGR NJ 7601 2239'.
Forsyth/1996, 103: `...a huge mass, of roughly triangular section, broken into several pieces'.
|Condition:||frgmntry , some|
Forsyth/1996, 103: `...broken into several pieces'.
|Decorations:||animal; geometric other|
Forsyth/1996, 104: `...incised on its smoothest face with two Pictish symbols (crescent-and-V-rod, snake-and-Z rod)'.
|Allen, R. (1903):||IRATADDOARENS[-- |
Allen/Anderson/1903 507 reading only
|Forsyth, K.S. (1996):||IRATADDOARENS[--|
Forsyth/1996 109--116 substantial discussion
|Position:||inc ; broad ; inc ; other|
|Ling. Notes:||Forsyth/1996, 113--115, argues for seeing this text as Goidelic.|
|Palaeography:||Forsyth/1996, 112: `The form of the script is a very simple one. Features to note are: the lack of any of the supplementary letters, the slope of the letters (m-aicme well sloped, but only the very slightest of slope on other consonants); the relative length of strokes in the various aicmi (vowel strokes the same length as strokes of the b- and h-aicmi, therefore occupying only the middle two quarters of the ogham band, as do the longer diagonal m-aicme consonants); the tight spacing of strokes with nothing extra between letter groups. All of these features point to early in the Type II typological sequence, though this is not necessarily indicative of an early absolute date. .. It is the furthest away from the casual, tachygraphic inscriptions of Gurness of Burrian. But the artist has retained concern for legibility of real writing. This may be a display script, but it could still be read easily'.|
Forsyth/1996, 104: `The inscription is, as Diack said, as legible as the day it was cut'.